1) A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
For me, this is one of Val McDermid’s most chilling novels. The setting is oppressive – the odd and isolated village of Scardale in Derbyshire, where a child goes missing. The case is tied both to an old miscarriage of justice and the Moors murders, and the story takes us from the past to the present day. The courtroom scenes are especially vivid. There’s no happy end here, but the conclusion is very satisfactory.
2) The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine
Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine is my all-time favourite crime writer; she had such a dark mind! There’s good blood and bad blood in this book, and a complicated plot, but we are given family trees for reference. I became completely immersed in the intricately-woven relationships. Not an easy read, but a very enjoyable one.
3) A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark
One of the best psychological suspense writers ever! Jenny MacPartland remarries, then discovers that her handsome new husband is not who she thought he was. She and her children are in the worst kind of danger, but she can’t risk letting anyone in to help. Events spiral out of Jenny’s control, and soon her children are gone… and the clock is ticking.
BIO: Linda Huber is the author of six psychological suspense novels and one charity collection of feel-good short stories. She lives in Switzerland, in a small town on the banks of beautiful Lake Constance. Check out Linda’s website, HERE.